Carson Shearon
Principal, Director, International Practice,CannonDesign

With over 20 years’ experience in the health industry, Carson Shearon’s multi-disciplinary training in medical sciences and architecture is a key advantage in advancing CannonDesign’s international health practice. At the forefront of strategic planning and design for healthcare, Shearon promotes efficient and sustainable design strategies that equitably respond to care delivery paradigms affecting patients, families, clinical caregivers, and clients in countries throughout the world. In his role as CannonDesign’s International Strategies Leader and a member of the Health Practice Steering Committee, Shearon builds and reinforces high-performance teams to optimize clinical performance in community, government, teaching, and industrial healthcare facilities around the globe. Shearon is a trusted advisor and valued partner to clients in the development of world class healthcare environments that embody global best practices while remaining contextually sensitive to regional climates, culture, and healthcare delivery paradigms.


CannonDesign is an integrated global design firm that unites a diverse team of strategists, planners, architects, engineers, and industry specialists driven by a singular purpose statement: together, we create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society. By beginning our purpose with the word “together,” we pose a question of great significance: How is our creative process shaped by the voice, values, and vision of our clients? To answer that question, CannonDesign has developed a powerful approach to problem-solving by leveraging the strengths of three core drivers of sustainable success: Integration, Innovation, and Performance. We begin our engagement process by understanding our clients’ business strategies and culture, and aligning ourselves with them. Drawing from our diverse and multi-disciplinary resources, we assemble the best talent from across the firm into a fully integrated team poised to explore our client’s challenges and opportunities from a broad perspective. Our team works to understand every dimension of our clients’ objectives to build an approach that delivers highly successful outcomes. No matter the project size, no matter the market or client type, CannonDesign’s unique process framework allows us to shape a customized approach attuned to each client’s challenges. CannonDesign’s culture is defined by an unparalleled degree of accountability that ultimately translates to performance outcomes defined from our client’s perspective – how best to achieve results, and how to ensure that innovative solutions deliver these results in clear and measurable terms. Through this process and this culture, we work with clients in a shared spirit of collaboration, integrity, and purpose.


I am delighted to represent CannonDesign again at this year’s Leaders in Architecture and Design MENA Summit in Dubai.

CannonDesign has 1,200 professionals across 19 integrated offices. We serve the MENA region from a hub in Abu Dhabi, providing clients with programming, planning, architecture, interior design and construction supervision services across healthcare, education and corporate/commercial markets. We have been working in the MENA region for 30 years.

As a Principal at CannonDesign and Leader of the firm’s international practice, one of my passions is to partner with clients in the MENA region to create and operationalize contextually sensitive solutions that advance development and contribute to improving life quality for users. I particularly enjoy supporting our teams’ relentless engagement to translate global best practices into regionally applicable outcomes anchored in compassion, the latest intelligence, and industry innovations. The Leaders in Architecture and Design MENA Summit continues to be a rich platform for peer leaders to come together and dialogue about our experiences in the region; I look forward to seeing you in Dubai in April!